Surrey's gardens are blooming with a variety of perennials, annuals, shrubs and flowering trees. They allow visitors to take a break from the stresses of urban living by relaxing amongst the beauty of nature. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or stay for lunch in gardens of City Hall. For a unique experience visit the Fleetwood Gardens and walk the 7 circuit labyrinth designed to quiet the mind and relax the body.
A second growth forest of Cottonwoods, Alders and Western Red Cedars, surrounds these Gardens, which are filled with year round horticultural interest. Framing the Garden entrance is a massive gateway constructed of Cedar Logs in a style taken from Coastal Indian Longhouses. The plant collection is divided into various groupings including Rhododendrons, Heather and Heaths Ornamental Grasses and a Shade Garden. Annual bedding and bulb displays add additional colour during the spring and summer months. Also in the park is the Surrey Arts Centre, sports facilities, picnic areas, forest trails and several playgrounds.
Spacious grounds surround Surrey's Civic Centre: City Hall, the Provincial Courthouse, RCMP headquarters, and School District offices. There are two large ponds surrounded by gardens and patio. Also a "water wise" demonstration garden is situated across from the RCMP building. During weekdays a small restaurant serves the site next to the patio; a great place to have lunch while enjoying the garden. There are annual displays, and a wide variety of tress, shrubs and perennials. This is a popular site for wedding pictures in the summer and a pleasant place for a picnic or stroll on the weekends.
What you see at Darts Hill Garden Park is the result of 60 years of work and dedication guided by the clear vision of Francisca Darts. Along with her husband Edwin, Francisca transformed a logged piece of land, turning it first into an award winning orchard and then later into the unique garden that is Darts Hill. One of the things that make Darts Hill Garden Park unique is the number of rare and unusual plants that can be seen there. As well, many specimens of these rare plants have grown to their mature size, allowing the observer to clearly see and understand the distinctive character of these unique plant specimens.
A perennial border containing over 100 varieties of perennials as well as an assortment of shrubs trees and bulbs surrounds a wisteria and clematis covered pergola. A bosque planting of Norway Maples and a woodland planting completed the initial development phase. More recently a labyrinth and a cherry walk have been added. The Gardens are a great setting for wedding and graduation photos and a tranquil place to sit and enjoy a peaceful moment. The Gardens are accessed from 80th Avenue east of 160th street. Fleetwood Park also has a playground and water park, picnic areas, sports facilities and forest trails.
The focus of these Gardens is the varied collection of flowering trees and shrubs and is particularly attractive in the springtime when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in flower. While modest in area, the Gardens are complemented by an adjacent pond, gazebo and seating areas. The Gardens are located adjacent to the main parking lot, which is entered off 144th street. Other amenities in the park include a playground and water park, picnic areas and forest trails.
This unique provincial park, situated at the Peace Arch Border Crossing between Canada and the United States, contains beautifully maintained floral displays, manicured lawns, and sculptures throughout the park. The most prominent attraction here is the large arched white monument which was built in 1921 to symbolize peace and friendship between the two countries. The park is a total of 16 hectares with 9 on Canadian soil.The breath taking landscape includes a lily pond and a Canada flag flower garden making it a popular spot for photographers. Indoor and outdoor picnicking and playground areas are also available for families to enjoy the stunning views of Semiahmoo Bay.